Prostitution

The 1999 Swedish Law on Prostitution

This law is a brilliant example of how a truly progressive society addresses prostitution: the law decriminalizes the prostitute but criminalizes customers, pimps, and traffickers. The Swedish government’s logic is articulated in this brief article.

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Prostitution: A Critical Review of the Medical and Social Sciences Literature

A review of articles that focus on HIV but simultaneously ignore the massive violence that affects the lives of those in prostitution. The normalization of prostitution in the medical and social sciences literature, the tendency to blame the victim of commercial sexual exploitation, and the ways in which racism and poverty are an inextricable part […]

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A Contemporary Manifestation of Slavery and Organized Crime

Overview of trafficking of women and children into the United States prior to the passage of the Trafficking Victims’ Protection Act of 2000. This report gives a summary of countries where the victims come from and descriptions of the organized crime syndicates involved in trafficking.

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How Prostitution Works

A description of customers, pimps, and the ways that young people get into prostitution. Prostitution, pornography, and other forms of commercial sex are a multi-billion dollar industry. They enrich a small minority of predators, while the larger community is left to pay for the damage.

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Prostitution in 5 Countries: Violence and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Research summary and discussion of the life conditions of 475 people in prostitution in South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, USA & Zambia. These people live in social and legal contexts defining them variously as hated and filthy women, criminals and ‘sex workers’. We inquired about respondents’ histories of violence in childhood, and in adult prostitution.

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Prostitution, Violence, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Most discussions of the public health risks of prostitution have focused on sexually-transmitted disease. A recent editorial in a major medical journal acknowledged the danger of violence to those prostituted, yet concluded that the overall health risks of street prostitution were minimal. In this paper, we discuss a study of the childhood violence, and violence […]

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Prostitution As Violence Against Women

This article discusses how prostitution is exempted from other kinds of violence and human rights violations, how prostitution is legitimized by distinctions between “forced” and “consenting” prostitution.

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Prostitution: A Violation of Women’s Human Rights

Despite the erroneously held belief that legalizing prostitution would empower women, the reality is that legalizing prostitution would only bring more harm to the women being forced to prostitute. As Leidholdt explains, prostitution is not a choice, but a “system of male power over and against women,” in which women’s human rights are constantly violated, […]

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Prostitution and Civil Rights

Michigan Journal of Law and Gender “The gap between the promise of civil rights and the real lives of prostitutes is an abyss which swallows up prostituted women.” This article discusses the lack of civil rights among those prostituted, and discusses some legal remedies.

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Prostitution and Male Supremacy

“Prostitution is in and of itself an abuse of a woman’s body.” “In prostitution, no woman stays whole.” Discussion of the incest that precedes prostitution, her homelessness, her namelessness, and the dominance and cruelty of men toward women in prostitution.

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